Mar 20, 2015

Arctic sea ice covers record low extent this winter

Arctic sea ice has set a new winter record by freezing over the smallest extent since satellite records began in 1979, in a new sign of long-term climate change, U.S. data showed on Thursday. The ice floating on the Arctic Ocean around the North ...

High-tech Himawari-8 weather satellite launched

Oct 7, 2014

High-tech Himawari-8 weather satellite launched

A satellite was launched Tuesday from the Tanegashima Space Center in Kagoshima Prefecture in a bid to improve the accuracy of weather forecasts related to natural disasters. The Himawari-8 weather satellite soared aloft aboard an H-IIA rocket at 2:16 p.m. It was expected to ...

Dec 27, 2013

Rain gauge satellite slated for launch from Tanegashima in February

An H-IIA rocket will be launched from Tanegashima Space Center in Kagoshima Prefecture on Feb. 28 carrying a satellite to gauge rainfall, according to Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). The rocket is slated for liftoff within a two-hour ...

Japan puts pair of new satellites into orbit

Jan 28, 2013

Japan puts pair of new satellites into orbit

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. on Sunday successfully launched a radar satellite and an optical satellite using an H-IIA rocket. The rocket lifted off at 1:40 p.m. from JAXA’s Tanegashima Space Center on Tanegashima Island in Kagoshima Prefecture, and ...